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Solo in Business

This past weekend, I spoke at Freelance Camp TO, whose tagline was: Be in business for yourself, not by yourself. Perhaps one of the most difficult things for a solo business owner is the fact that while they know a lot about their own business, they have a limited perspective, that is, they are stuck […]

Small Business and Small Business

A conversation recently with my insurance broker had me highlighting a problem in the economies of Canada and the US, to which policy is seemingly being addressed, but in reality is not. We are aware, of course, that small businesses play a significant role in our economies, employing large numbers of people and contributing in […]

Dragons Flush a Good Idea – Bad Business Down the Toilet

Further to my recent post about a successful deal on Dragons’ Den which was the result of good marketing for the business as a business, this article highlights a pitch which was quite the opposite. Reminiscent of Clair Copp and her accounting software, this pitch left a sour taste in my mouth, but for slightly […]

Lowering Prices Can Increase Profits

A service provider recently sent me a bill for some work she had done for me. The job was not large, but I had requested a quote for the work before approving it, and when the invoice came, the price was slightly higher than had been indicated in the quote. I debated the merits of […]

Failure to Charge Costs More than Dollars

Over the past few years, I’ve done a variety of small jobs for a variety of clients, with the size of the projects varying in size. A friend of mine with a similar, though significantly larger, business, is in the same situation. A recent conversation regarding pricing of our services made us realize something, when […]

A Matter of Perspective

There is a known pair of sayings from Albert Einstein: No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. This can be explained as once you see the solution to a problem, the […]

Brokering Investments and Referral Fees

For a growing start-up, a major event in its early development as a company will be the acquisition of capital, whether in the form of a loan, a gift, or an investment. Founders who seed the company from their personal funds can consider their company as the recipient of a gift. When the money comes […]

Looking for a Business Mentor

One of the best resources that a business owner can get is a mentor. I am not referring to a coach per se, but a mentor, and the distinction is important. A mentor can help a new business owner gain experience without the pain of making mistakes (or at least, reducing the pain and frequency […]